The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 9/28 – Teni Rane / Redd
September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
You’ve heard of pandemic babies and pandemic puppies, but have you heard of pandemic bands? Redd is a Pandemic Band.
Before the band formed, Redd Daugherty was a high school English teacher at one of the coolest high schools in Knoxville, TN: L&N STEM Academy. While at L&N, she taught sophomore English, Journalism I, Journalism II, Yearbook, and she coached cross country and track. All of this changed on the 12th of March, 2020. Redd recounts, “We were at the track jamboree and got a call from the superintendent saying that we needed to pack the kids up and head home because of the pandemic. When we were sent home, teachers were put on a ‘no contact’ order for student equity. See, not all of the kids had the same access to wifi.”
Not able to grade papers, assign end of semester assignments, or finish up the track season, Redd hadn’t experienced free time that didn’t equate to teacher burn out comas during the summer since the beginning of her teaching career almost 10 years prior. As she titles herself, “Being the anxious, always working and always moving person that I am, I invested in myself during my time off.”
Redd began her social media journey in March of 2020, and she hasn’t looked back since. “I was always into music since a very young age. I dreamed of playing the guitar well and being in a band. I also loved writing songs, but I didn’t really recognize the passion, rather the missed passion, I had for music and singing until I had time to dedicate to it again. I’d spent my entire life in the education field working towards my masters and getting in the classroom.”
Redd is still in education, but the focus has shifted. She now works for Adam Ivy as the Educational Director and Head Program Coach: “The only reason why I’ve gotten anywhere in music is because of the knowledge that Adam bestowed in me through his curriculum and programs. I took every class, every program, and watched and read every piece of content this guy had to offer and applied it to what I was doing across my socials, and I’ve grown so much over the past two years. Without Adam, we wouldn’t have a booking agent, knowledge on how to market ourselves authentically, and so much more.”
During the pandemic years, Redd also auditioned for and made it on American Idol, Season 19. She credits her students for the success she’s had in launching her platform, “When we all came back to school in late 2020 and early 2021, my students found my Instagram account, which I had to keep public in order to get gigs. They encouraged me to audition for American Idol, and I did. While I tried my hardest to push them towards their dreams, while also encouraging them to complete homework for my class, they did the same–they never gave up on me, and they saw where my passions were.” She auditioned for American Idol in her classroom due to substitute teacher shortages, and her students were with her every step of the way.
Redd ended Season 19 of American Idol placing in top 40, and she’s quoted saying, “I never thought I would even make it past the initial auditions with the producers. I don’t have a ‘Disney Princess voice.’ I owe it all to my students.”
In 2021, Redd began to release songs from her solo album Monsters & Mothers with Famous London Recording Studio. She credits Fred and Jonathan Kelly for giving her a safe space to experiment with her music to know what she likes, dislikes, and is looking forward to on the upcoming album.
Since Redd’s teaching and American Idol experience, she’s poured herself into coaching fellow artists in Adam Ivy’s Sell Music Academy and in her band with members Gavin Gregg, Katie Adams, and Colleen d’Alelio.
Redd reflects, “2022 brought along a lot of difficult and unpleasant changes that ultimately grew myself and the band overall. We had a few changes in the band that immediately affected the way we operated; we also joined Favorite Son, LLC. our booking agent, David’s roster. If it wasn’t for David’s guidance, and the patience of Gavin, Katie, and Colleen, I don’t know where I’d be.”
Teni Rane is a folk-country singer-songwriter with a vintage vocal edge and a knack for capturing common scenes of everyday life in a way that is at once specific and widely relatable. Comfortable in everything from overalls to full-body sequins, Rane isn’t afraid to explore musical territory and synthesizes vocal and sonic influences into her own brand of country-infused, Americana-folk-pop with a jazzy vocal lean that feels simultaneously familiar and brand new.
2023 brings a new slate of releases for the East Tennessee singer-songwriter collectively known to her as “The Goldenrod Singles”. Working again with past collaborator Roger Gustafsson (bass, steel guitar) and adding renowned cellist Dave Eggar and talented guitarist Phil Faconti to the team (both with a long list of impressive credits to their names as well as the coveted status of GRAMMY nominee), “The Goldenrod Singles” came to life in Bristol, TN at Classic Recording Studio with GRAMMY nominated Mike Stephenson engineering and co-producing alongside Rane. These songs are tied together thematically and belong to an album set to release in 2024. The title track – “Goldenrod” – kicked off a series of releases spanning August through October 2023.
Rane grew up in and around a community of Chattanooga musicians who helped nurture in her an early love for music. Her vocals carry power and finesse rolled together with perfect balance to evoke the emotional feel of her lyrics, and her Americana-take on a variety of select covers is delightfully unexpected. Through each stage of her writing life, her original songs have revealed an ability to weave common experiences into songs that captivate people in every age range. As a child she was often found belting out lyrics in the back seat of a minivan on the way to just about anywhere. Singing was the gateway to a creative life. That six CD changer exposed her to the writing of Nanci Griffith, Carol King, Beth Woods, John Prine, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, and many other greats. The resulting flavor of her original work is an eclectic mix influenced by the earliest writing she encountered, as well as by contemporary pop music. Her listeners can also hear a wide range of influences in her vocal performance from the power of Lady Gaga and Stevie Nicks to the finesse of Norah Jones and vintage country edge of Patsy Cline.
Her recording journey began in 2020 with the release of her first EP, “Heart in Tennessee”, which was heralded by Americana Highways as “the mesmerizing sound of an burgeoning and singular talent who is prodigiously steeped in the ability to express herself in a fresh and original manner.” In the summer of 2022 she took up a musical residency at Kneippbyn Resort Visby on the beautiful Swedish island Gotland in the Baltic Sea. During that time she connected with many talented musicians on the island and created the space to work with Sandkvie Studios to record 4 singles that were released over the course of fall 2022. The first of the quartet, titled “Meet Me in Stockholm” is a lightly bilingual invitation from a homesick Rane to her best friend to come help fill the lonely hours. The additional tracks focus on the winter and holiday season with inviting titles “Cozy Inside”, “Rosemary & Evergreen”, and “Tennessee Snow”. The collection of songs allowed for continued exploration and shared the “exquisite nature of her songs, their understated and honesty, their deftness and delicacy, their combination of musical elegance and lyrical eloquence.” (The Big Takeover). These songs all have planned homes on future projects and currently stand alone as singles in Rane’s digital catalog.
Teni thrives in listening room and house concert settings where she feels the most connected to the audience through the conversation and story lines of her music. She also loves playing in parks, botanical gardens, and really any outdoor venue. When playing live, she is often accompanied by her partner and spouse, Jonathan Shumaker, on the bass.